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Nonprofit Impact Award Honorees Recognized

The NH Center for Nonprofits celebrated the recipients of its 2020 Nonprofit Impact Awards at a virtual celebration on July 16.

“The Nonprofit Impact Awards celebrate the vision, strategy and innovation that we see throughout the nonprofit sector,” said Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the NH Center for Nonprofits. “Each of the honorees has made an extraordinary impact on our state by leading and serving with passion and purpose.” 

Tess Stack Kuenning and Laura Knoy received New Hampshire Impact Awards recognizing their significant contributions to the nonprofit sector and the state. Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Bi-State Primary Care Association was honored for her leadership in ensuring access to comprehensive health care services for all individuals. Laura Knoy, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange, was recognized for her role in bringing awareness and dialogue to many of the key issues that New Hampshire nonprofit organizations work to address.

Carolyn Benthien received the Board Impact Award for her exemplary board service and leadership with multiple charitable organizations in the state. She was the first female chair of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and served on the founding boards of several organizations including the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, the Mary & John Elliott Charitable Foundation and Leadership New Hampshire.  

The Mayhew Program and Arts In Reach (AIR) received Nonprofit Impact Awards, recognizing exceptional service to the community. Mayhew was lauded for its commitment to organizational excellence and strategic growth from a summer program for nine inner-city boys to a statewide, year-round program serving more than 220 boys each year. AIR was honored for its innovative and inclusive approach to empowering Seacoast-area teenage girls through mentoring and arts programs. Over a period of twenty-two years, AIR has provided programs free of charge to girls who struggle with adverse childhood experiences and trauma.

The Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Community Impact Award was awarded to the Raymond Coalition For Youth (RCFY) for its dedication to supporting positive, healthy choices for youth. The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 

“We are proud to partner with NH Center for Nonprofits and honor Raymond Coalition For Youth for proactively engaging the community to support youth in making choices to live healthy, happy lives,” said William Brewster, M.D., Vice President, NH Regional Market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “Harvard Pilgrim is committed to providing quality care to individuals and families across New Hampshire to ensure they are connected, empowered, and supported. We want to acknowledge nonprofit organizations like the Raymond Coalition For Youth who promote community partnerships and involvement, and bring resources and support to ensure a healthy, vibrant community for all.

The July 16 virtual event celebrated the Center’s nonprofit members and its many partners who are committed to the common good of New Hampshire communities. Recordings of the awards can be accessed at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiFxncbFUUqSHsTMVwBuPpcxnkiKR8mgS

The event was made possible through the generous support of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Eastern Bank, E&S Insurance Services, and others.

 

Posted on: July 17, 2020
Topics: Award Winners

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